Joe Scholler named Clinton-Massie interim superintendent

By Gary Huffenberger -

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Warren “Joe” Scholler will be Clinton-Massie’s interim superintendent.

Scholler previously was an interim superintendent for Clinton-Massie Local Schools in 2013-14 when he served for a time between superintendents Michael Sander and David Baits.

As interim superintendent, Scholler will fill the head role in educational leadership and business affairs for the school district until a new superintendent is named.

“I’m excited to come back. It is a great school, with a great staff and great teachers. That’s the reason I said ‘yes’ when asked if I was interested. They are down-to-earth people who care about their school and community,” Scholler said Friday.

He will spend time during the next two weeks at the Clinton-Massie campus as part of a transition process. The last work day for current Superintendent David Baits is Jan. 29.

As previously reported, Baits this week said that the district and he “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Scholler has worked in the field of education for 42 years, serving as a teacher, principal, business manager and a superintendent, according to a news release from the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center (SOESC) and Clinton-Massie Local.

He was superintendent for 15 years at Arcanum-Butler, Mississinawa Valley, and Tri-Village Local Schools.

He holds a bachelor of science degree from Miami University in health and physical education, and a master of arts from Bowling Green State University in educational administration.

Scholler officially will become interim superintendent on Saturday, Jan. 30.

In addition to selecting Scholler, the Clinton-Massie school board Thursday night passed a measure to have the Wilmington-based SOESC lead the search for a permanent superintendent.

Diana L. Miller, communications coordinator for the SOESC, Clinton-Massie Local and Wilmington City Schools, contributed to this report.

By Gary Huffenberger